January King cabbage with chick peas in spicy orange and lemon

This post marks the first of a regular series – vegetable of the week! And the inaugral vegetable is the……. January King Cabbage!

There seems to be a lot of cabbage about just now which is great for us cabbage lovers! I was always fairly ambivalent towards cabbage but I think was due to over boiled soggy stuff at school dinners. I’m a fan these days.

So much of fan that I voted cabbage in my top three greens on some Facebook page the other day. High praise indeed. However, you can get enough of the lovely green root vegetable if you’re not careful, there’s only so many gravy dinners you can eat…

January King Cabbage
January King Cabbage

With that in mind and with another cabbage arriving in the organic veg box from Abel & Cole, it’s time to get cabbage creative. That means there’s three of them in the fridge right now so cabbage creativity is desperately required. I’m in Essex so no Vegetropolis Tom. There’s a lovely looking January King cabbage, which is purple and very enticing.

Apparently, the January King becomes more purple the harsher the weather, which is a silver lining if ever there was one! I love colourful veg and it’s so good for your health.

In times like this, plentiful cabbage, I just work off what flavours combine well and give it a go. It normally  turns out okay and today worked pretty well indeed. I love the vaguely sweet flavour of cabbage steamed and wondered if it would work with coriander. It did!

Creative Cabbage

  • 1 onion chopped
  • handful of salad potatoes chopped and and dodgy bits removed
  • four carrots peeled and chopped
  • 6-8 leaves of green pointed cabbage, cleaned and chopped
  • 6-8 leaves of January King cabbage, cleaned and chopped (use red cabbage if you prefer)
  • One apple chopped up
  • 1 Orange and 1 lemon
  • tin of chick peas drained
  • coriander, ginger, paprika and Himalayan salt to taste
  • Tobasco or chilli sauce
  • coconut oil for frying

Prepare the potatoes and carrots first and get them steaming. Prepare the cabbage and set it aside to add to the steamer in a few minutes. It will cook quicker than the potatoes and carrots.

Chop the onion and fry for a couple of minutes. Next add the spices and salt and cook slowly. I used about a tsp of each, except the salt, but just use what seems right. Quickly dice up the apple and add it to the fry. Stir this up and add the cabbage to the steamer.

At this stage I was tasting the apple and onion mix and loving it! Squeeze the juice out of the citrus fruit. I’d happily use any citrus fruit in this recipe but the orange and lemon worked great. I do think grapefruit would be interesting though. Tangy!

January King dinner

Drain the chick peas, wash them and set aside. Keep testing the steaming veg and when ready add to the apple and onion mix in the pan. Then add the chick peas and let them cook for a little while on a low heat in the steaming water.

Then before serving pour on the orange and lemon juice. Lush!

Any nutritional value in cabbage? Is the January King cabbage easy to grow?

According to the nutritional data site 100g of cabbage has 2g protein, 6g carbs and 0g fat and 91g of water! In addition cabbage is

very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Calcium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

Cabbage is one of the good guys then! This meal was lovely, the chick peas boosted the protein content and added some more carbs energy. So all good.

According to the brilliantly named Veg Dork site, the January King cabbage is…

An heirloom variety of cabbage that was originally introduced in France in the 19th century but was adopted by British growers many years ago.

January King is a Savoy type winter cabbage that is able to cope well with the harshest of weather. It produces dense heads of blue-green leaves that develop purple markings in cold weather.

An easy to grow variety that is crisp, crunchy and with a good deep flavor, the recommended variety for those new to growing cabbages.

So there you have it, the first vegetable of the week, the January King cabbage! And it’s ideal for novice gardeners. Vegetable of the week might end up being monthly, depending on time…

Do you have a favourite way of eating cabbage, January King, other savoy or similar?Please don’t keep it to yourself, comments are allowed and encouraged!

Juicing the January King Cabbage

I regularly juice cabbage, I do like red ones. However, I’ve not juiced the January King. As a derivative of savoy, I can say I’ve juiced the January King’s cabbage cousin. It’s a strong green leaf to use but fine if an apple or some carrots are included.

For a great infographic showing how to introduce greens in your juicing efforts visit the green juicing post. You will need a mean green juicer macine though…

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